iPad has now made its space in the sky also. American Airline pilots have received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for using iPad in cockpits replacing the traditional flight bags for paper books, charts and other emergency documentation.
The report fromZDNet claims that American Airlines has been conducted first tests of iPad in flights, which was noted by Allied Pilots Association in June. AA is the first airlines to get the official authorization to use iPad in all phases of flight. Both the original iPad and iPad 2 models have been approved. By using electronic charts and manuals, the safety and efficiency on the flight deck is significantly enhanced.
Subsequently, UPS, Alaska, and United Airlines are now in process of considering including iPad in their flights. The first flight to carry officially iPad will be B-777 aircraft starting from Friday, following replacement in other aircrafts. FAA approval is given as 6 months trial period time after which they will gather and evaluate the results.
According to Seattle Pi, Using iPad in flght cockpits will additionally save $1.2 million in fuel savings per year as it will shed approximately 35 pounds of weight of documentation from each flight. First Officer Hank Putek of the APA Safety Committee had to say about the new iPad flight bags:
By eliminating bulky flight bags filled with paper, (electronic flight bags) mean less weight for pilots to carry, reducing the possibility of injury on duty. In addition, they enable pilots to immediately download updates, rather than waiting for paper versions of required documents to be printed and distributed.
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